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Speleology in Kazakhstan

Shakalov on 11 Jul, 2012
Hello everyone! I pleased to invite you to the official site of Central Asian Karstic-Speleological commission ("Kaspeko")   There, we regularly publish reports about our expeditions, articles and reports on speleotopics, lecture course for instructors, photos etc Also we have forum there. ...

New publications on hypogene speleogenesis

Klimchouk on 26 Mar, 2012
Dear Colleagues, This is to draw your attention to several recent publications added to KarstBase, relevant to hypogenic karst/speleogenesis: Corrosion of limestone tablets in sulfidic ground-water: measurements and speleogenetic implications Galdenzi,

The deepest terrestrial animal

Klimchouk on 23 Feb, 2012
A recent publication of Spanish researchers describes the biology of Krubera Cave, including the deepest terrestrial animal ever found: Jordana, Rafael; Baquero, Enrique; Reboleira, Sofía and Sendra, Alberto. ...

Caves - landscapes without light

akop on 05 Feb, 2012
Exhibition dedicated to caves is taking place in the Vienna Natural History Museum   The exhibition at the Natural History Museum presents the surprising variety of caves and cave formations such as stalactites and various crystals. ...

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Sinkhole session (NH 8.6) at EGU 2012

Author Alexander Klimchouk.
Posted on 20 Dec, 2011

Dear colleagues,

we would like to draw your attention on the following forthcoming
Scientific Session on Sinkholes at the General Assembly of EGU in
Vienna, next April:

Session NH8.6 "Sinkholes: from susceptibility to risk evaluation and
at EGU General Assembly (Vienna, 22-27 April 2012)

Convened by: Mario Parise, Giulio Iovine, Stefania Nisio

Session Description
Sinkholes are widespread in many countries of the world, in several geological and morphological settings, affecting distinct lithotypes either in the detrital cover sequences or in bedrock outcrops. In particular, some phenomena develop in geomorphological context characterized by plain areas and notable detrital coverages, either made of sediments or colluvial or residual terrains, thick even tens to hundreds of meters. In some cases, the genetic mechanisms are poorly understood; they can be quite complex and appear not directly connected with classical karstic processes. The recent urban development and the increasing need of spaces for infrastructures in areas potentially affected by sinkholes require a better comprehension in terms of related susceptibility, hazard and risk. The session aims to stimulate the discussion on the state-of-the-art of the studies on the mentioned topic, with special regard to sinkholes in plain not-karstic areas. Analyses of genetic mechanisms, methodological examples of investigation, and case studies are welcome, as well as description of techniques for evaluating susceptibility, hazard and risk.

Note: A selection of studies presented at this session will be considered for publication in a special issue of a relevant international journal.

For info on how to submit an Abstract see this page.

or go directly at the sessions page, choose Session NH8.6, and press "Abstract submission"

The deadline for the submission of Abstracts is 17 January 2012.

Further information about the EGU General Assembly 2012 can be found 
here , and information about EGU itself can be found here .

In case any technical questions arise, please contact us

For any questions relevant to the Session organization please do not
hesitate to contact me

We hope to see you in Vienna!

Best Regards,

Mario Parise and co-conveners

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The book "Hypogene Karst Regions and Caves of the World" is finished

by Alexander Klimchouk on 28 Dec, 2016

The book “Hypogene Karst Regions and Caves of the World” is a project, initiated and coordinated by the Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis of the International Union of Speleology, as a part of its ongoing HypoKarst project ("Hypogene Karst & Speleogenesis: Nature, Processes, Mechanisms, Manifestations and Applications") This book is going to be published by Springer, in its series “Cave and Karst Systems of the World” The progress in regional studies has been previously reviewed in a series of conferences and their subsequent publications, such as “Advances in Hypogene Karst Studies” (edited by K Stafford, L Land, and G Veni, 2009), “Hypogene Speleogenesis and Karst Hydrogeology of Artesian Basins” (edited by A Klimchouk and D Ford, 2009), “Hypogene Cave Morphologies” (edited by A Klimchouk, I Sasowsky, J Mylroie, SA Engel, and AS Engel, 2014), and “DeepKarst 2016: Origins, resources, and management of hypogene karst” (edited by T Chaves and P Reehling, 2016) The new book was proposed as a next step in consolidating the quickly growing wealth of regional data about hypogene karst It is neither an inventory, nor a comprehensive coverage of all hypogene karst regions and caves of the world, but is rather a selection of regional and cave-specific case studies that represent a remarkable variability of relevant patterns and settings (geological, hydrogeological, tectonic and geodynamic) In this way, it provides a solid reference for further generalizing and modeling studies of the topic, which may be the focus of a future collaborative volume on hypogene karst The book contains 61 chapters authored by 131 scholars from 25 nations and all continents (see the Table of Contents below) It starts with a chapter that reviews basic concepts about hypogene karst, speleogenesis, fluid dynamics, and hydrodynamic zoning of the upper crust, and outlines a pattern for classifying hypogene karst and its settings Specific case studies are organized into four large geographic regions or continents Although coverage is truly global, it is not uniform Whereas 25 chapters are concerned with regions in Europe and 24 chapters deal with the North American regions, only 11 concern other parts of the world This reflects the uneven distribution of research rather than scarcity of hypogene karst in underrepresented regions On the basis of geological characteristics and fragmented reports of features scattered throughout petroleum and mining publications, it is evident that hypogene karst is widespread in many regions of Africa, Asia, Australia and South America, although there are few focused studies Moreover, even in Europe and North America many areas have been recognized only recently to host hypogene karst, and its study is still ongoing This means that next editions of volumes under this title will be needed Most contributions in this book deal with karst systems accessible to direct examination, which presently occur in the shallow subsurface Most are relict systems, decoupled from their original genetic environments and brought into the shallow subsurface from considerable, sometimes large, depth The advantages of direct observations and sampling, and of using methods developed in karst and cave science, make it possible to obtain unique information about patterns, processes, conditions, and controls of the origin of void-conduit systems at depth and about their hydraulic function Many parameters of cave-forming environments can be reconstructed from mineralogical and geochemical footprints or inferred from other considerations, such as paleo-hydrogeological analysis Studies of features that are analogs of deep-seated void-conduit systems are indispensable for interpreting data from drilling and geophysical surveys and for the development of conceptual models Unfortunately, a wealth of information about the topic in mining areas and petroleum fields is difficult to obtain by karst scholars Bridging the gap between karst science and industrial geology is a promising opportunity for further developments in hypogene karst studies The conference “DeepKarst 2016” held in April earlier this year in Carlsbad, NM, organized and hosted by the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI), has played an important role in the preparation of this book Our special thanks to Margaret Palmer for her invaluable help in editing the chapters on North America The editors thank all contributing authors for their productive collaboration, as well as the many researchers and cave explorers who have documented caves and karst features in various parts of the world The editors hope that this book will stimulate further research into hypogene karst and caves around the globe, as well as the interaction between karst scientists and industrial geologists Hypogene Karst Regions and Caves of the World Alexander B Klimchouk, Arthur N Palmer, Jo De Waele, Augusto S Auler, Philippe Audra Editors In preparation by Springer; expected release date July 2017 Table of Contents Preface 1 Klimchouk A Types and settings of hypogene karst Part I: Europe 2 Farrant AR, Harrison T Hypogenic caves in the United Kingdom 3 Audra P Hypogene caves in France 4 Gázquez F, Calaforra JM, Rodríguez-Estrella T, Ros A, Llamusí JL, Sánchez JEvidence for regional hypogene speleogenesis in Murcia (SE Spain) 5 Ginés J, Fornós J, Gràcia F, Merino A, Onac P, Ginés A Hypogene imprints in coastal karst caves from Mallorca Island (western Mediterranean): morphological features and speleogenetic approach 6 Spötl C, Plan L, Dublyansky Y Hypogene karst in Austria 7 Galdenzi S, Menichetti M Hypogenic caves in the Apennine Mountains (Italy) 8 Galdenzi S, Jones DS The Frasassi caves: a “classical” active hypogenic cave 9 D’Angeli IM, Vattano M, Parise M, De Waele J The coastal sulfuric acid cave system of Santa Cesarea Terme (southern Italy) 10 Galdenzi S The thermal hypogenic caves of Acquasanta Terme (central Italy) 11 De Waele J, Gázquez F, Forti P, Naseddu A Inactive hydrothermal hypogenic karst in SW Sardinia (Italy) 12 Vattano M, Madonia G, Audra P, D’Angeli IM, Galli E, Bigot J-Y, Nobécourt J-C, De Waele J Update on the Hypogenic caves of Sicily 13 Banzato C, Vigna B, Fiorucci A, De Waele J Hypogene gypsum caves in Piedmont (N-Italy) 14 Lazaridis G Hypogene speleogenesis in Greece 15 Temovski M Hypogene karst In Macedonia 16 Onac B, Drăgușin V Hypogene caves of Romania 17 Mádl-Szőnyi J, Erőss A, Tóth A Fluid flow systems and hypogene karst of the Transdanubian Range, Hungary — with special emphasis on Buda Thermal Karst 18 Leél-Őssy S Caves of the Buda Thermal Karst 19 Bella P, Gaal L Hypogene caves in Slovakia 20 Suchý V, Sýkorová I, Zachariáš J, Filip J, Machovič V, Lapčák L Hypogene features in sandstones: an example from Carboniferous basins of central-western Bohemia, Czech Republic 21 Kempe S, Bauer I, Glaser S Hypogene caves in Germany, geological and geochemical background 22 Gradziński M, Tyc A Hypogene speleogenesis in karst of Poland – regional review 23 Klimchouk A, Andreychouk V Gypsum karst in the south-west outskirts of the Eastern-European platform (Western Ukraine): a type region of artesian transverse speleogenesis 24 Andreychouk V, Klimchouk A Zoloushкa Cave (Ukraine-Moldova) – a prime example of hypogene artesian speleogenesis in gypsum 25 Klimchouk A, Amelichev G, Tymokhina E, Dublyansky Y, Hypogene speleogenesis in the Crimean Piedmont, the Crimea Peninsula 26 Kadebskaya OI, Maksimovich NG The role of hypogene speleogenesis in the formation of the Ordinskaya cave, fore-Urals, Russia Part II: The Middle East and Central Asia 27 Bayarı CS, Özyurt NN, Törk AK, Avcı P, Güner İN, Pekkan E Geodynamic control of hypogene karst development in Central Anatolia, Turkey 28 Frumkin A, Langford B, Porat R The Judean Desert - the major hypogene cave region of the southern Levant 29 Vardanjani HK, Bahadorinia S, Ford D An introduction to hypogene karst regions and caves of Iran 30 Dublyansky Y, Mikhailov V, Bolner K, Hromas J, Szekely K, Hevesi AHypogene karst in the Tyuya-Muyun and the Kara-Tash massifs (Kirghizstan) Part III: North America 31 DuChene H, Palmer A, Palmer M, Queen M, Polyak V, Decker D, Hill C, Spilde M, Burger P, Kirkland DW, Boston P Hypogene speleogenesis in the Guadalupe Mountains, New Mexico and Texas, USA 32 Stafford K Hypogene evaporite karst of the Greater Delaware Basin 33 Davis N, McMillan B Geology of quartz-lined hypogene caves of southeastern Arizona 34 Polyak V, Hill CA, Asmerom Y, Decker DD A conceptual model for hypogene speleogenesis in Grand Canyon, Arizona 35 Dublyansky Y, Klenke J, Spötl C Condensation corrosion speleogenesis in the Amargosa desert and the Tecopa Basin 36 Maslyn M, DuChene H, Luiszer F Hypogene caves and karst of the Southern Rocky Mts, Colorado 37 Palmer M, Palmer A, Davis D Hypogene caves of Bighorn Basin, Wyoming 38 Palmer A Hypogenic vs epigenic aspects of the Black Hills caves, South Dakota 39 Broughton PL Hypogene karst collapse of the Devonian Prairie Evaporite Basin in Western Canada 40 Broughton PL Orogeny and hydrothermal karst: stratabound Pb-Zn sulphide deposition at Pine Point, northern Canada 41 Schindel G, Gary M Hypogene processes in the Balcones Fault Zone segment of the Edwards Aquifer of south-central Texas 42 Blackwood KW, Development and distribution of hypogenic caves and paleokarst features in the Arbuckle Mountains of South Central Oklahoma 43 Tennyson R, Brahana V, Polyak V, Potra A, Covington M, Asmerom Y, Terry J, Pollock E, Decker D Hypogene speleogenesis in the Southern Ozark Uplands, mid-continental United States 44 Olson RA Sulfides in the Mammoth Cave Area, Kentucky 45 Florea L Sulfur-based speleogenesis in the Cumberland Plateau, USA 46 Doctor D, Orndorff W Hypogene caves of the central Appalachian Shenandoah Valley in Virginia 47 Palmer A, Taylor P, Terrell L Hypogene karst springs along northern border of Appalachian Plateaus 48 Ford DC Carbonate-hosted massive sulfide deposits and hypogene speleogenesis: A case study from Nanisivik zinc/lead mine, Baffin Island, Canada 49 Upchurch SB Hypogene speleogenesis on the Florida platform 50 Gulley J, Polk J Hypogene Karst Influences in the Upper Floridan Aquifer 51 Mylroie J, Mylroie J Bahamian flank margin caves as hypogene Caves 52 Gary M Sistema Zacatón: volcanically controlled hypogenic karst, Tamaulipas, Mexico 53 Forti P The Naica Caves, Chihuahua, Mexico 54 Hose L, Rosales-Lagarde L Hypogene speleogenesis of Cueva de Villa Luz and area, Tabasco, Mexico Part IV: South America, Africa, and Australia 55 Auler AS Hypogene caves and karst of South America 56 Auler AS, Klimchouk A, Bezerra FHR, Cazarin KL, Ennes Silva R, Balsamo F Origin and evolution of Toca da Boa Vista and Toca da Barriguda cave system in northeastern Brazil 57 Auler A, Souza TAR Hypogene speleogenesis in the Vazante Group, Minas Gerais, Brazil 58 Audra P Hypogene caves in North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt) 59 Martini J Hypogene karst in Southern Africa 60 Stratford D A review of the geomorphological context and stratigraphy of the Sterkfontein Caves, South Africa 61 Osborne RAL Hypogene caves of the Tasmanic karsts of eastern mainland Australia. ...

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Karst session at the AGU Fall 2016 Meeting in San Francisco

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 12 Jul, 2016

There will be a karst session at the AGU Fall 2016 Meeting in San Francisco, USA in December 12-16: Characterization, Modeling, and Remediation of Fissured, Carbonate, and Karst Groundwater Systems Session Description: Fractures, conduits and surface solution features in carbonate karst systems lead to strong surface/subsurface interactions that result in significant water, mass, energy, and contaminant transport within the critical zone These systems are dynamic and highly heterogeneous, with complex hydrologic, geochemical, and biological processes occurring over a wide-range of spatio-temporal scales As a result, these systems show non-linear responses and are extremely difficult to characterize, model, remediate, and manage Particular challenges arise from lack of knowledge and technologies needed to integrate heterogeneous processes and pathways across the surface, vadose, and saturated zones, to address the hydrologic and biogeochemical responses of these systems to short- and long-term climate change, and to improve and develop the most appropriate remediation approaches This session requests abstracts on research related to multi-scale variability, characterization, monitoring, modeling, and remediation of fissured, carbonate, and karst water systems To submit abstracts use the following submission page: http://fallmeetingaguorg/2016/abstract-submissions/ Deadline: 3 August 2016. ...

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A new book on caves and karst in Austria

by Lukas Plan on 08 Jun, 2016

After 4 years of work I am happy to announce that our book 'Höhlen und Karst in Österreich' (Caves and karst in Austria; Editors: Christoph Spötl, Lukas Plan & Ehrad Christian) will be printed until mid of July (Click here to download a book flyer) It is in German but has engl Abstracts and fig and table captions It has 750 pages and weighs 2,8 kg but we managed to keep the price low: there is a subscription until July 20th where it costs € 34 (afterwards € 49) You can order it directly from the print shop and pay in advance: Plöchl Druck ploechl@druck-gmbhat IBAN: AT71 4480 0401 2878 0000 BIC: VBWEAT2WXXX Shipping: * € 5,40 from AUT and GER * € 15,50 in Europe * For non-European shipping pls contact me * CH can order at Speleo Projects <mail@speleoprojectscom> Regards, Lukas Plan. ...

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Unusual perspective on caves

by Alexander Klimchouk on 13 Mar, 2016

Many inspiring ideas on caves can be found in images created by children, generated by the International Contest of Kid’s Drawing "Caves in the Eyes of our Children" Follow the link in the recent blog of Olga Shamanskaya for an outstanding collection of kid’s drawings Encourage your children to take part in the current contest! --Alexander Klimchouk. ...

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Session on Karst Aquifers at the 43th IAH Congress, France

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 17 Feb, 2016

A call is released to submit an abstract to a session devoted to karst aquifers, which will be held in September in Montpellier during the 43rd IAH CONGRESS (http://www60iah2016org/en/ ) Session 805: Karst aquifers Increasing stress on water resources due to increasing demand and decreasing groundwater recharge following climate change effects emphasized the need for alternative groundwater resources, among which karst aquifers play a major role The latest results on the findings from karst groundwater research are increasingly studied and this session will provide the opportunity to present the state of the art on karst hydrogeology with an emphasis on the techniques and methodologies to enhance and manage the resources Abstracts on the following topics are welcome: innovative methodologies (flow and quality monitoring, tracing experiments, temperature monitoring, hydrogeophysical techniques ), interaction of groundwater and surface water flow , solute transport (fate and transport of contaminants, contaminants as tracers, sediment transport, etc), modelling techniques, water management including active management Submissions on case studies especially on Mediterranean karst systems are welcome Conveners: Jean Christophe Maréchal (BRGM, France, jcmarechal@brgmfr), B Mahler (University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences and USGS, USA, bjmahler@usgsgov), Martin Sauter (Göttingen University, Germany, MartinSauter@GeoUni-Goettingende) The link to the abstract submission is http://www60iah2016org/en/abstract-submission-guideline The deadline is 28 February 2016. ...

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Acta Carsologica 60th Anniversary issue 44-3

by Franci Gabrovsek on 11 Feb, 2016

Acta Carsologica 44/3, the issue dedicated to the 60th Anniversary of the journal, is now online A special thanks goes to Nataša Ravbar, who took care editing this issue Visit us at http://ojszrc-sazusi/carsologica and enjoy reading Best regards, Franci Gabrovsek CONTENTS: EDITTORIAL: Franci Gabrovšek, Nataša Ravbar 60 Years of Acta Carsologica: Past, Present, Future http://dxdoiorg/103986/acv44i34250 REVIEV PAPERS: Alexander B Klimchouk The Karst Paradigm: Changes, Trends and Perspectives http://dxdoiorg/103986/acv44i32996 Philippe Audra, Arthur N Palmer Research frontiers in speleogenesis Dominant processes, hydrogeological conditions and resulting cave patterns http://dxdoiorg/103986/acv44i31960 William White Chemistry and karst http://dxdoiorg/103986/acv44i31896 Matthew D Covington, Matija Perne Consider a cylindrical cave: A physicist's view of cave and karst science http://dxdoiorg/103986/acv44i31925 Zoran Stevanović, Petar Milanović Engineering Challenges in Karst http://dxdoiorg/103986/acv44i32963 Mario Parise Karst Geo-hazards: Causal Factors and Management Issues http://dxdoiorg/103986/acv44i31891 David Culver, Tanja Pipan Shifting Paradigms of the Evolution of Cave Life http://dxdoiorg/103986/acv44i31688. ...

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2016 ISSB Travel Fellowships

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 15 Dec, 2015

The International Society for Subterranean Biology (ISSB-SIBIOS) announces that it will fund five travel fellowships at 500 Euros each to support students and young scientists from outside the US in order to attend and present their research results at the 2016 International Conference on Subterranean Biology (ICSB) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA Conference details are available at the conference website: http://wwwspeleobiologycom/icsb2016/ Eligibility: Graduate and undergraduate students and young scientists who earned their PhD degrees in 2012 or later, and are working at an institution outside the United States Application: The application deadline is midnight, GMT, 29 February 2016 Submit via email toicsb2016@gmailcom, with “Travel Fellowship Application” on the subject line, the following material An updated CV Title and abstract of the presentation (follow instructions on abstract preparation on the conference website) Application Review: All applications will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee of the 2016 ICSB Selection criteria will include scientific quality, funding situation at home institution and balanced geographic representation Successful applicants will be notified individually and announced on the 2016 ICSB website by 15 March 2016. ...

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Coming book about karst & caves of Croatia

by Prof.dr. sc. Mladen Garasic on 27 Nov, 2015

Dear Speleogenesis friends, Here is a preliminary front cover page of my new Springer book which will be printed soon (2016 / 2017) Any help is wellcome Help could be - any information about international cave diving and caving expeditions in Croatia and English text proofread Thank you in advance, Best regards, Mladen Garasic *********************************************************************************** ProfdrscMladen Garasic, PhDScDGeol Faculty of Civil Engineering, Geotechnical and Geology Department, University of Zagreb, Kaciceva 26, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia e-mail mgarasic@gradhr and Adjunct Secretary of Union Internationale de Speleologie (UIS), Croatian Speleological Federation /delegate/ Nova Ves 66, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia and delegate of Union Internationale de Speleologie (UIS) and Fédération Spéléologique Européenne(FSE), Working group for Caver's Multi-Lingual Dictionary in Informatics Commisssion of UIS e-mail: mladengarasic@zgt-comhr. ...

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23rd International Conference on Subterranean Biology

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 10 Nov, 2015

What do Markus Friedrich, Meredith Protas, Helena Bilandžija, Bill Jeffery, Ruben Tovar, David Carline, Kelly O’Quin, Joshua Gross, and Masato Yoshizawa have in common? They have already agreed to present papers at the 23rd International Conference on Subterranean Biology, to be held from June 13 to 17, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on the campus of the University of Arkansas The website (wwwspeleobiologycom/icsb2016/) has information on the meeting, including the preliminary program, information on housing, a registration form, and information on submission of abstracts We hope you will visit the website soon in order to make your plans for the meeting Among the highlights are an opening reception at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, a day long excursion deep into the heart of the Ozarks karst, and four special symposia on: Patterns of subterranean biogeography and biodiversity, organized by Louis Deharveng Conservation of subterranean fauna and habitats, organized by Michael Slay Cave animals at the frontiers of modern biology, organized by William Jeffery Subterranean microbial system and geomicrobiology, organized by Annette Engel The organizing committee consists of myself, Daniel Fong (American University), Matthew Niemiller (Illinois Natural History Survey), Megan Porter (University of Hawaii), Michael Slay (The Nature Conservancy), and Steven Taylor (Illinois Natural History Survey) If you have any questions, please contact us at icsb2016@gmailcom David Culver, Chair of the Organizing Committee. ...

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EGU-2016 Evaporite karst session

by Jo De Waele on 05 Nov, 2015

This year we are organizing a session on Evaporite karst during the EGU 2016, to be held as usual in Vienna, 17-22 April 2016 We therefore invite you to participate in this event presenting one or more papers on gypsum or on halite karst from your research areas These can include topics ranging from speleogenesis to natural hazards, from paleoclimate reconstructions to hydrogeology, from pure geomorphology to speleothems and cave minerals, as long as it has to do with caves and karst in gypsum, anhydrite, and rock salt Authors of promising papers will be asked to contribute to a special issue on "Evaporite Karst” to be published in the International Journal of Speleology In fact, 20 years have passed since the last special issue on gypsum karst of the world, edited by Klimchouk, Lowe, Cooper and Sauro in 1996, a benchmark in karst sciences It is time to make an update on this topic, and the best place to do so is the International Journal of Speleology Info on the EGU General Assembly 2016 can be found at: http://egu2016eu/ while info on the evaporite karst session is at http://meetingorganizercopernicusorg/EGU2016/session/20640 And on how to submit an abstract: http://egu2016eu//abstract_management/how_to_submit_an_abstracthtml Note we are also organizing a session on “Karst geomorphology and hazards in carbonate terrain” Details can be found here: http://meetingorganizercopernicusorg/EGU2016/session/20677 See you in Vienna convenor: Jo De Waele co-convenors: Mario Parise and Jiri Bruthans. ...

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News from Speleogenesis community:

Speleology in Kazakhstan

Hello everyone! I pleased to invite you to the official site of Central Asian Karstic-Speleological commission ("Kaspeko") There, we regularly publish reports about our expeditions, articles and reports on speleotopics, lecture course for instructors, photos etc Also we have forum there Site's language is Russian Welcome! --Aleksandr Shakalov. ...

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New publications on hypogene speleogenesis

Dear Colleagues, This is to draw your attention to several recent publications added to KarstBase, relevant to hypogenic karst/speleogenesis: Corrosion of limestone tablets in sulfidic ground-water: measurements and speleogenetic implications Galdenzi, Sandro International Journal of Speleology, 2012, Vol 41, Issue 2, p 35-55 Speleogenetic effects of interaction between deeply derived fracture-conduit and intrastratal matrix flow in hypogene karst settings Klimchouk, AB, Tymokhina, EI, Amelichev, GN International Journal of Speleology, 2012, Vol 41, Issue 2, p 37-55 Hypogenic contribution to speleogenesis in a predominant epigenic karst system: A case study from the Venetian Alps, Italy Tisato Nicola, Sauro Francesco, Bernasconi Stefano M , Bruijn Rolf H C , De Waele Jo Geomorphology, 2012, Vol 151, p 156-163 L’altération de type "fantôme de roche" : processus, évolution et implications pour la karstification Quinif Yves, Bruxelles Laurent Géomorphologie : relief, processus, environnement, 2011, Vol 4 You can download these publications following the links to PDF files on respective original websites As a part of collaboration within the HypoKarst, we suggest that the project members inform each other about their own and other published works relevant to the topic An easy way to do this, and generally promote the readership for your papers, is to submit publications to the KarstBase through the online submission form (One needs to be registered to access the form) By including words “hypogene” or “hypogenic” in the keywords (if they are not present within the title), you’ll make the publication appearing in the respective search selection that represens current bibliography on hypogene karst/speleogenesis Check this link regularly if you want to stay updated on current publications in the field Best wishes! Sincerely, --Alexander Klimchouk and Yuri Dublyansky, HypoKarst Project coordinators. ...

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The deepest terrestrial animal

A recent publication of Spanish researchers describes the biology of Krubera Cave, including the deepest terrestrial animal ever found: Jordana, Rafael; Baquero, Enrique; Reboleira, Sofía and Sendra, Alberto Reviews of the genera Schaefferia Absolon, 1900, Deuteraphorura Absolon, 1901, Plutomurus Yosii, 1956 and the Anurida Laboulbène, 1865 species group without eyes, with the description of four new species of cave springtails (Collembola) from Krubera-Voronya cave, Arabika Massif, Abkhazia Terrestrial Arthropod Reviews 5 (2012) 35–85 DOI: follow this link (information supplied by Sofia Reboleira). ...

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Caves - landscapes without light

Exhibition dedicated to caves is taking place in the Vienna Natural History Museum The exhibition at the Natural History Museum presents the surprising variety of caves and cave formations such as stalactites and various crystals Several interactive installations are available as well as audiovisual room presenting current state of the art in current research findings 28 spectacular Austrian caves are presented Important goal of the exhibition is to demonstrate how Vienna is supplied by drinking water from karst areas. ...

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